Michigan Authorizer Assurances
Michigan Assurances for Authorizer Accreditation were developed based on best practices that exhibit quality oversight and the statutory responsibility. Assurances are compliance and/or accountability statements that institutions are asked with which to certify adherence.
All assurances listed as required must be met to achieve accreditation. Failure to demonstrate compliance with the required assurances will result in a recommendation of not accredited for the authorizer. Other unmet assurances will result in an Improvement Priority for the authorizer.
Required: The authorizer’s application process meets statutory requirements.
Met * See Standard 6.1
Required: All charter contracts include clear educational goal(s) that are designed to ensure students are prepared academically for success in college, work and life, and include operational and financial expectations.
Required: The authorizer has developed and implemented a process for holding its charter schools accountable for meeting applicable performance goals and expectations set forth in the contracts.
Required: The authorizer has imposed consequences, up to and including closure, if an authorized school is not making adequate progress toward meeting its performance goals (academic, fiscal or organizational) and expectations as defined in the charter contract.
All charter contracts include a provision requiring the charter school board to select and retain independent legal counsel as well as a certified public accountant responsible for completing the school’s annual financial audit.
Required: All charter contracts include requirements and procedures for its authorized schools to complete a financial audit which shall be conducted at least annually by a certified public accountant in accordance with generally accepted governmental auditing principles.
Required: The authorizer has process to ensure that its authorized schools have an active website link(s) including at least (1) the current charter contract and (2) the current Educational Service Provider Contract, if applicable.
Required: The authorizer requires new board members to complete an application, authorize a criminal background check, complete an annual conflict of interest disclosure, and undergo an interview.
Required: The authorizer produces performance reports to each authorized school based on the academic, financial and operational expectations of the charter contract. The reports are made public and are issued at least annually.
Required: The authorizer engages with the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers during the new school decision-making process, and any transfer decision making process prior to the issuance of a charter contract to any school that was previously authorized by a different Michigan authorizer.
The authorizer has Educational Service Provider policies that include roles and responsibilities of the parties, services and resources provided, fee structure, financial control, oversight and disclosure, and renewal and termination.
Required: The authorizer shares school-level performance data, as requested by the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers, for an annual report.
Required: The authorizer has closed schools, or has a process that supports closing schools, that consistently perform at or below the 5th percentile ranking on the federally prescribed top to bottom ranking of Michigan public schools as determined annually by the Michigan Department of Education and whereby the authorized school is not demonstrating upward trending in its academic performance.